1. How will you instill the importance (or urgency) of 'listening to reading' in your students and especially those students who have had little 'lap time' or reading done for them in their own homes?
4. Do you have enough 'listening to reading' type materials? If not, what ideas do you have for securing these materials? Where will you store them? How will your students retrieve these items? Where will they be used (will there be a designated spot in your class for listening to reading or will it be their choice?
I have quite a few materials for listening to reading. I need more books on cd rather than on cassette. I just need to continue adding to my collection. There will be a designated spot for listening to reading depending on the device used. Materials will be stored in containers where the children can have access to them and can independently use them.
5. How do you feel about listening response sheets?
I like listening response sheets because it holds a child accountable for his work and time spent with the task. I do not necessarily think that each time you listen to reading it is necessary to record it. I also think the listening response sheets need to change over the year to address different goals.
6. How can this station be differentiated to meet the various learning profiles, interests and/or readiness of your students?
There are several ways to differentiate listen to reading. One way would be the choice of device that would be used to listen. Second, would be choice in the books. And last, the response to listening to reading can be differentiated according to goals for a child or a particular group of children.
Read to Someone
1. Why should students be reading to someone?
Reading to Someone increases reading motivation, fluency and reading rate. As children participate in reading they have opportunities to practice reading strategies and engage in the love of reading. Children enjoy Read to Someone and it usually becomes a class favorite and it gives children the opportunity to discuss books and share thinking.
2. How can your students Read to Someone?
Expectations for Read to Someone are established, modeled, practiced and reviewed just like all the other parts of the Daily 5. Following the same procedures makes teaching this easy. Considering that children will already know how to pick a good reading spot for Read to Self there is not much difference here except for the addition of sitting Elbow Elbow Knee Knee and any other different type of reading mentioned below. I do believe that quality time needs to be spent with teaching, modeling and practicing the different ways Read to Someone can look.
I Read, You Read- Two children reading the same book.
Choral Reading- Two children reading the same section at the same time.
Reading One Book- One book is shared and children take turns reading.
Reading Different Books- Two children take turns reading a page from different books.
Another variation of Read to Someone that children love is what we call Buddy Reading. With Buddy Reading a child can select a stuffed animal to read to. I have seen classrooms with tubs full of choices of a buddy. I have also noticed that many children Buddy Read when they have choiced to do other things...it is popular.
When my class came up with this Group Reading idea, I quickly agreed because I thought it was a good idea. What was pretty amazing was that I sat back and watched and listened as they grouped themselves. I heard the conversations and the decision making process and they organized themselves into their own reading groups. Each group had to have someone who was "really good" with calendar chants. They decided and made up the terms...not me. If a group had two or more "really good" calendar chant leaders then one of them was sent over to start a new group. It did not take long before the entire class was group reading and chanting away. I could also hear them discuss how to sit and the other expectations. To say the least...I was proud. I was very proud because what I had taught them for a year made them able to take on this task and do it independently... And when I heard a class full of calendar chants and reading I just had to call it...The Happy Sound Of Kindergarten!
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